Monday, January 15, 2018

What if patients could quickly and easily find a patient assistance program to see which ones might give them access to free or nearly free generic and brand-name medicines? What if they could also quickly search a database of more than 10,000 free or low-cost clinics? And what if this tool were completely free to use?

If you’re curious if such a program exists, there is good news: the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, also known as PPA, serves as this support for patients in need of accessing their medicines.

An Effort to Educate and Empower Patients

PPA was founded in 2005 by America’s biopharmaceutical research companies to educate and empower patients and caregivers to access prescription assistance options. PPA serves primarily as a clearinghouse for more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs.

Discover Resources and a Clinic Finder Tool

Since its founding, PPA has helped more than 10 million patients access more than 2,500 brand-name and generic prescription medicines, with more than 75,000 people visiting the site every month to search patient assistance programs and other resources. Visitors can also explore a database of nearly 10,000 free or low-cost health care clinics across the country.

PPA Never Charges a Fee

And it’s all free to use. Others may offer to connect consumers to these same assistance programs for a fee, but PPA never charges a fee and never asks for payment information.

What’s Next for PPA?

Every day, biopharmaceutical companies continue to develop innovative medicines to help patients live longer, healthier lives. However, as the rates of uninsured or underinsured patients are expected to rise, PPA and the companies who support it are ready to meet the challenges patients face accessing their medicines. Please help us spread the word to help connect these patients to programs that may offer their medicines for free or nearly free.

Stay in touch with PPA to learn about exciting features in 2018. Explore stories and interactive graphics on our PPA blog. Watch our “How to Use PPA” video on YouTube for a quick introduction to our resources and tools. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you or someone you love struggles with affordable access to medicines, there are resources available that may be able to help. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps connect patients with patient assistance programs that provide free or nearly free prescription medicines. For more information, visit www.pparx.org.